Years ago, in our B.C. lives (that's Before Children, not British Colombia) Hubs and I went on a trip to Holland. While we were there, we went to a thrift shop (quelle surprise) and he bought himself and old fashioned crank handled coffee grinder. Its made of wood and has a charming little drawer that you pull out, full of freshly ground coffee. Neither of us are big coffee drinkers, so even though it takes a lot of effort, he still enjoys grinding his coffee this way. Sometimes he'll sit in front of the TV and grinding away in the evening while we watch a little crime drama or something light and funny. He calls it his knitting.
(Speaking of TV, he and I just finished watching Broadchurch. I can't say it was "enjoyable" but it was absolutely compelling. If you like mystery, crime drama, and the fine quality programming coming form the UK these days, I'd recommend it. However, if you can't handle watching the secrets and lies of a quiet coastal town being revealed in the wake of the tragic murder of a child, this is not for you. It was very well done, but also very sad, so be warned. But man, those people acted their faces off! Some of the best performances I've seen in ages.)
Anyhow, I came home from work the other day to find that he'd kicked the whole grinding thing up a notch. Its not quite the same rustic, old-timey experience that is was before, but it is a heck of a lot faster.
And much, much more intersting to five-year-olds.
Not that it wasn't interesting before. The Little Dude always likes to help with the coffee grinder. Actually, both the boys love it. They want a chance to turn the handle, pull out the little drawer, and take a big, appreciative sniff at the freshly ground coffee. But add a power tool to that experience? Ah, pure heaven! Coffee ground in record time, and fun and exitement shared by all. Except for me maybe, who just wanted to eat my late dinner without the accompanying screech of the drill. Oh well. Better than the screeching of bored and fidgety toddlers, so I'll take it and gladly.